What is a Direct Support Professional?

Photo of Nancy Flowers Support ProfessionalDirect Support Professionals (DSP) support persons with disabilities while they live in their homes, with family, in in other community settings. A DSP can be employed by a provider of community services, a family member, or an individual with a disability who requires daily support and assistance. DSPs play key roles in the lives of the people they serve and their families. They are instrumental in supporting people to live a valued life in his/her community. As part of the job, DSPs may:

  • Support a person with mobility needs in completing daily tasks.

  • Advocate for a person based on his/her interests and needs

  • Support a person to become active in the community settings of their choice

  • Support a person in developing independent living skills

  • Support more than one person with disabilities in a community living setting


What can Students Expect from the Bridge to Career program?

Students accepted into the B2C program may receive:

  • One semester of required coursework at Texas A&M University

  • One semester in a paid, supervised, community-based practicum learning and performing on-the-job skills

  • Pre-Program transition assistance through the Brazos Valley Center For Independent Living

  • Pre-Program educational preparation

  • Financial/Tuition Assistance

  • Transportation Assistance

  • Educational Supports

Upon completion of the year-long program, students will receive a professional certification as a Direct Support Professional, enabling them to secure gainful and stable employment in the health and human services field.